Box of the Month: Nickel Boys Custom Slipcase for Books

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Powell’s Indiespensable literary subscription club is designed for the dedicated reader. Their curation team selects the best new literary fiction, with a special emphasis on independent publishers.


One recent box featured American novelist Colson Whitehead’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Nickel Boys. Whitehead’s novel was inspired by real-life accounts of the children sent to the Arthur G. Dozier Reform School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. Established in 1900,  Dozier had a long history of racially motivated violence against children, including homicide. It was finally closed in 2011. 

The story focuses on two Black teenagers, Elwood and Jack. Unjustly convicted of minor crimes, Elwood and Jack find themselves at Dozier, and in the hands of violent criminals — the staff.   


Powell’s has been entrusting in the Taylor Box team since 2009 to design and manufacture limited edition premium slipcases for Indiespensable, with over 60 slipcases to date. We are honored to be able to provide Indiespensable subscribers with these unique custom slipcases that will be treasured for years to come. 

We love Taylor Box’s craftsmanship and commitment to honoring the artistic integrity of the books we select for Indiespensable. The slipcases Taylor creates for us are truly one-of-kind art objects that readers and book collectors can cherish and display with pride.

Michelle Carroll, Powell's Books

The premium custom slipcase for books protects the limited-edition book, while the design entices shoppers and recipients to read more about lies within its pages.  To provide a sense of intrigue for The Nickel Boys, we focused the design on heavy shadows, using a two-color foil stamping to mimic the book's graphics.

Constructed with a recycled Black Chipboard from Newman Paperboard, the slipcase is wrapped in Multicolor Vanilla by premium paper manufacturer Neenah. 

The black and red foil stamping was completed in-house by our Master Foil Technician Ron Pontbriant, who ensures every print is as precise as the machines can get with the foil and the materials. 

Like Powell’s, Taylor Box is a third-generation-owned company that wants to provide its customers with customized quality products that they will love and cherish for a long time; but most importantly, we want our customers to have an experience that is unique and memorable.

Read more about other slipcase projects for Powell’s Indiespensable literary subscription club. 


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